Armenian Boy Names (Part 1)

Armenian boy names, as well as girl names, are popular in the country of Armenia and also in Armenian diaspora communities throughout the world. Indeed, each Armenian parent give more importance to the selection of the name for baby. They also seek to reflect their child’s uniqueness by giving them distincitive names.

As to Armenians, they also believe that the name can affect success in life of their baby boy as well as personality and etc.  As a result, they try to choose names of meanings that would reflect the best of their boys.


TOP 5 ARMENIAN BOY NAMES

(These are the most popular boys’ names in Armenia from 2015)

No.1: Hayk

Hayk is one of the most popular Armenian boy names (other variants: Haig, Haik). This name is very popular and beloved by Armenians, as it symbolizes patriotism, strength and courage. In addition, this name has always been popular and will probably remain the same in the future.

 Origin

Hayk Nahapet was the founder and Forefather of the Armenian people. So, according to the legend, he was a great-great-grandson of Noah, who killed a Assyrian king Bel and in addiotion saved the Armenian nation from slavery.

 No.2: David

David is another popular Armenian boy name. For Armenian people, this boy name is indeed beloved due to a famous Armenian literature figure – David of Sassoun. By selecting this name, Armenians hope that their boy would be as brave and patriotic, as their hero of national epic.

Origin

This name comes from the Hebrew name Dawid, which probably was derived from Hebrew meaning “beloved”. David was the second and greatest of the kings of Israel in the 10th century BC.

No.3: Arman

Arman, is one of the most widespread boy names in Armenia. This name can be met very often in Armenia.

 Origin

The name Arman has more than one origin, also has French, Germanic, Persian origins too.  It is popular more than one countries as well as in different languages. So, in Armenian meaning of Arman is “Armenian”, the Germanic and the French meaning is “Man in the army”.

No.4: Narek

Narek (other variant is Nareg) is also one of the most popular Armenian boy names. Narek and Karen are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Origin

However, this name is popular because it is the name of Armenian philosopher St. Gregory of Narek (also known as Grigor Narekatsi) who is also the founder of the historic Armenian monastery Narekavank. There is also a village in Ararat Province of ArmeniaNarek.

No.5: Tigran

Tigran (ancient variant Tigrane) is one of the Armenian historical names. Armenians love this name because there were several brave and strong kings in the Armenian history having this name.

Origin

Tigranes the Great was the most popular king in ancient Armenia. Under his authority, the country became the strongest state in the region. He expanded the boundaries of Armenia and the country of that time  –  “sea to sea Armenia”.


LIST OF ARMENIAN BOY NAMES & MEANINGS

(Main Source: ArmeniaPedia)

List A

So, all the boy names highlited here have different origins: armenian, greek, persian etc. However, they become popular and favorite for Armenians.

Name Armenian Name Meaning
Apel Abel Աբէլ Historic personal name, biblical origin
Azad Azat Ազատ Independent, irrespective, sovereign, free, substantive, detached
Aznavur Aznavur Ազնաւուր French-Armenian singer, singer, composer, writer, film actor and public figure
Apkar Abgar Աբգար an Armenian king of Edessa
Ajhtahag  Աժդահակ A monstrous, ugly, person.
Alexan  Alex  Ալեքսան, Ալեքս A version of Alexander, defender of men
Alishan Alishan Ալիշան A famous clergyman
Agnuni Aknuni Ակնունի Open eyes, alert, awake
Aghan Aghan Աղան Agha, rich man, Lord
Aghasi Aghasi Աղասի Agha, rich man, Lord
Amaras Amaras Ամարաս Name of an Armenian monastery in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh
Amasia  Ամասիա Name of a town in Armenia. Name of an ancient patriarch.
Aykeg Aygek Այգեկ Aygek is a village and a rural community in the Armavir Province of Armenia.
Anag Anak Անակ Blind; without eyes.
Anania  Անանիա Biblical.
Anastas  Անաստաս A version of Anastasius.
Antranig Andranik Անդրանիկ The first son, coming first.
Anushavan Anushavan Անուշաւան Sweet, Joy, Fortunate
Ashod Ashot Աշոտ  Name of Armenian kings: Ashot A, Ashot B, Ashot Erkat.
Abirad Apirat Ապիրատ  Historic personal name
Arantser Arandzer Արանձեր  Historic personal name
Arad Arat Առատ  Rich, much, a lot
Arakel Arakel Արաքել Origin from the verb deliver, send
Abaven Apaven Ապավեն  Someone who is a protector
Aren Aren Առէն Originated from Greek aristos, meaning good, best
Arudz Aruts Առուծ  Lion
Artashes Artashes Արտաշես  Light, Enthusiasm of Joy
Ajabah Keeper of the right hand (of Christ according to church legend). A version of Dexter
Asoghig Asoghik Ասողիկ  Historic personal name
Asbed Aspet Ասպետ  Courage, loyalty
Asdvadzadur Astvatstur Աստուածատուր  The gift of God
Asdur Astur Ասատուր The short version of the name Asdvadzadur
Adur Atur Ատուր Giver of fire; alert, active
Adrushan Atrushan Ատրուշան  Home of fire
Ara Ara Արա Name of legendary Armenian King Ara the Beautiful.
Arakadz Aragats Արագած The name of the mount. Mount Aragats is an isolated four-peaked volcano massif in Armenia.
Arayig Arayik Արայիկ Araik is the name of the Armenian Ara, with diminutive icons
Aram Aram Արամ Father of King Ara., Calm
Aramazt  Aramazd  Արամազդ An Armenian God; father of all the pagan Gods. Similar to Zeus or Jupiter.
Aramakt Aramagd Արամազդ Aramazd, the supreme god of the Armenian mythology, the creator of heaven and earth, the father of all gods
Aramayis Aramayis Արամայիս Grandson of Armenian Patriarch Haig.
Ararad Ararat Արարատ One of the main national symbols of Armenia is Mount Ararat (Masis)
Arzuman Arzuman Արզուման  Returning, Desireful
Arek Areg Արէգ  The Sun, sunny
Arev Arev Արեւ  The Sun, sunny
Artun Artun Արթուն Sleepy, awake, also attentive, vigilant, sober, as well ass lively, energetic
Ari Ari Արի  Brave, courageous
Arisdages Aristakes Արիստակես Catholicos of All Armenians, also St. Gregory the Illuminator’s younger son.
Ardziv Artsiv Արծիւ  Eagle, Power
Ardzruni Artsruni Արծրունի Artsrunis, Armenian ministerial dynasty.
Arman Arman Արման Longing, desire
Armenag Armenak Արմենակ  Name from Armenian mythology
Armen Armen Արմեն Short name of Armenak-Armenian mythology
Arshag Arshak Արշակ Persian; “King”. Also, there was an Armenian King Arshag.
Adom Atom Ատոմ Help from God
Abraham Abraham Աբրահամ Father of nation
Aaron Aaron Ահարոն Person who educates
Arsen Arsen Արսէն Masculine
Ardag Artak Արտակ Speed, swift
Arshaluys Arshaluys Արշալույս Sunrise
Ardavazt Artavazd Արտաւազդ  Pahlavian on behalf of Artavazd
Ardavan Artavan Արտաւան Artavan is a small village in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia, probably at one time a fief of Tatev. In the proximity is an 18th-century bridge and old cemetery.
Ardem Artem Արտեմ Healthy
Ardoyd Artoyt Արտոյտ  Song of sparrow
Ardos Artos Արտոս Mount Artos is a mountain in Van Province in eastern Turkey.
Arpiar Արփիար Arpi is a town in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia,  it also has a meaning of Sun
Arkay Arkay Արքայ  King
Avak Avag Աւագ  Great personality
Avarayr Avarayr Աւարայր So, Avarayr, in the Vaspurakan province of Greater Armenia. For the first time,  On May 26, 451, the Battle of Avarayr took place on the battlefield near Avarayr.
Aved Avet Աւետ  Brings Good News
Avedik Avetik Աւետիք Indeed, from the name Avet
Avedis Avetis Աւետիս Also, from the name Avet
Avo Avo Աւո Nickname of the leader of an offshoot of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia in the 1980s

Speaking about the name, it is a very first gift in the life. So, everybody should take time and think, research and study very well the meanings of the name. In addition, continue reading and discovering other popular Armenian boy names in the second part.

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